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Man accused of fleeing from jail, killing woman 'can't hide'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 04:21
KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of escaping from a county jail and killing an acquaintance who lived nearby can run but "can't hide" from evidence in his murder trial, a prosecutor said Tuesday in opening statements.

Kansas court questions lawmakers' latest school aid changes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 04:21

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Dan Biles questions arguments made by the state Tuesday May 10, 2016, in Topeka, Kan., during oral arguments regarding the legislature's fix to supplying equitable funding to schools. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With Kansas enmeshed in education funding lawsuits for nearly two decades, a skeptical state Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned whether recent changes make the distribution of dollars fairer to poor public schools.

Report: Bullying is a serious public health problem

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 04:12

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2012 file photo, a student at Indian Lake Elementary in Kalamazoo, Mich., boards a bus on the first day of school. Bullying is a “serious public health problem,” and should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids, a leading panel of experts warned Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Bullying behavior is seen as early as preschool and peaks during the middle school years, the researchers said. And the problem has morphed from the traditional bully-in-the-schoolyard scenario to newer forms of electronic aggression, such as cyberbullying on social media sites. (AP Photo/The Kalamazoo Gazette, Mark Bugnaski, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Zero-tolerance policies are ineffective in combating bullying, an independent government advisory group says in urging schools to take a more preventative approach that includes teaching tolerance to address this "serious public health problem."

In the Bronx, New York, minor prosecutions can drag on for years: lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 04:04
People arrested in the Bronx borough of New York City for low-level offenses such as shoplifting or marijuana possession can wait years for a trial, public defenders and other lawyers complained in a federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's top judges. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by public defenders and law firms Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady and Morison & Foerster, the lawsuit seeks class action status to represent anyone who will face misdemeanor or lesser charges in Bronx Criminal Court.

Theater shooting victims cite lack of guards, silent alarms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 04:03

Theater shooting victims cite lack of guards, silent alarmsCENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A gunman who killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theater was so determined that no security measures could have stopped him, an attorney for the cinema chain said Tuesday during the start of a civil trial over whether the company should have foreseen the 2012 attack.

U.S. will not seek death penalty against Benghazi attack suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 04:03

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protestWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors will not seek the death penalty in the case against Abu Khatallah, the man charged in the 2012 attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Colorado theater says deadly 2012 attack was unstoppable

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 04:02
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A civil trial is under way over whether the company that owns a Colorado movie theater should have done more to prevent a shooting that left 12 people dead, and the outcome could have far-reaching consequences for businesses, particularly big theater chains. In the first civil trial stemming from the July 20, 2012 attack, jurors will be asked to determine whether, in an age of mass shootings, Cinemark should have foreseen the possibility for violence during the packed midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

Autistic student 'humiliated' at prom after sister barred

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 04:01
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An autistic student left his high school prom in tears Saturday because officials insisted that his date — his 24-year-old sister — was too old to enter.

Prosecutor: Claim that coaches saw Sandusky abuse unreliable

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 04:00
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors are dismissing as unreliable allegations that two assistant coaches at Penn State witnessed Jerry Sandusky having inappropriate or sexual contact with children in the late 1980s, more than two decades before his arrest and conviction as a serial child abuser.

Texas fighting order to disclose execution drug supplier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:55

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. A two-year dispute about execution drugs in the nation's most active death penalty state is returning to court as Texas seeks to keep secret the identity of whoever provided its drugs for lethal injections before a law last year clamped a firm lid on any supplier's name. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — More than a year after a judge ordered Texas to divulge the source of its execution drugs, the information has not been released, legislators passed a state law protecting the prison agency from doing so, and the lengthy appeal that has allowed the provider to remain secret will finally be heard.

Homeowners sue Army base after dam fails in massive flood

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:47
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — About a dozen homeowners in a neighborhood next to Fort Jackson are suing the federal government for at least $20 million after dams on the Army base failed during last October's massive floods.

New Jersey judge orders naming of Bridgegate scandal co-conspirators

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:44

The George Washington Bridge toll booths are pictured in Fort Lee, New JerseyU.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton in Newark ruled in favor of several media organizations that sought the list, saying the public interest in seeing names linked to "Bridgegate" outweighed the privacy interests of those named. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman had opposed the release, citing the potential harm to reputations and privacy, and saying the co-conspirator designation "will become relevant, if at all" only at trial. A spokesman for Fishman declined to comment.

Shell relinquishes offshore leases in Alaska's Chukchi Sea

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:38

FILE - In this April 17, 2015, file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific. Royal Dutch Shell PLC confirmed Tuesday, May 10, 2016, it will relinquish all but one of its federal offshore leases in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. Shell spent $2.1 billion on 275 Chukchi Sea leases in 2008 and $7 billion overall on Arctic offshore development. Shell was the only company actively drilling in the Chukchi. (Daniella Beccaria/ via AP, File) (MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only company to drill an exploratory oil well in Alaska's Chukchi Sea following a 2008 federal lease sale confirmed Tuesday it has relinquished nearly all of its leases.

NYC mayor scrutinized over donations from businesses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:37

File - In this Thursday, May 1, 2014 file photo, Michael Mulgrew, left, President of the United Federation of Teachers listens as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at City Hall in New York. De Blasio is taking heat for soliciting contributions from deep-pocket donors with business interests before the city sparking a flurry of conflict-of-interest investigations that are threatening to taint his administration as one that revived pay-for-play politics in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — During his campaign to become New York City's mayor, Bill de Blasio held himself out as a champion of the average New Yorker who would diminish the clout of big business interests at City Hall.

Lockdown ends at Conwell-Egan Catholic High School

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:24

Lockdown ends at Conwell-Egan Catholic High SchoolA lockdown was lifted by early afternoon at Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills, Bucks County after a reported threat.

Sexual assault investigation in Philadelphia high school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:21

Sexual assault investigation in Philadelphia high schoolAn investigation is underway into a reported sexual assault at Sayre High School in West Philadelphia.

Doctor tied to Menendez corruption case disputes allegations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:20
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a prominent Florida eye doctor charged with corruption along with New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez attacked federal prosecutors' contention that their client defrauded Medicare by using single-use vials of a costly drug on multiple patients.

US stocks surge on the prospect of new China stimulus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:16

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, a Wall Street street sign is framed by an American flag hanging on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks rose Tuesday, May 10, 2016, after a promise of stimulus from China helped to counter pessimism over weak trade data from the country, while oil prices stabilized after sharp losses. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are making their biggest gain in a month Tuesday after the Chinese government moved to stimulate its economy. Companies that make chemicals and machinery climbed as investors hoped demand for their products will rise. The price of oil also jumped, which sent energy companies higher.

Adriane Ohanesian wins prize named for AP photographer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kenya-based freelance photojournalist Adriane Ohanesian, who has documented conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan, has won an award for courage named for an Associated Press photographer killed on assignment in Afghanistan in 2014.

Another challenge filed to Mississippi gay marriage law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 03:09
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another group is challenging a Mississippi law that will let workers cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to people.